Lea Leonowicz, Senior Concept Artist & Coordinator at CD Projekt RED has shared first concept art of Cyberpunk 2077's rockerboy Johnny Silverhand before Keanu Reeves took the role.
Early during the development of Cyberpunk 2077, way before Keanu Reeves was approached to become the popular rocker boy, CD Projekt Red artists come up with an idea of different Johnny Silverhand. Interestingly, we never got to see these sketches since CD Projekt Red decided to offer Keanu the role of Silverhand before they even revealed that he plays a big part in the story.
Today, we have a first look at the original version of Johnny Silverhand thanks to CD Projekt Red Senior Concept Artist and Coordinator, Lea Leonowicz, who posted a bunch of new images over on ArtStation .
In the images, which we attached in the article, you can see that Johnny looked a lot different in the early concept stages. His hair and clothing style is a bit different than in the final version, and of course, there's the face, the biggest difference of them all.
You can also see some of the tattoos on his body as well as big scars, a result of his actions against Arasaka, perhaps? Additionally, there's another artwork showing the character in action, with his two guns. Pretty cool-looking Johnny, right?
Those who did not like how Keanu delivered Johnny character in Cyberpunk 2077 will probably be disappointed that CD Projekt Red potentially wasted a different Johnny. However, we have to say that Reeves did a majestic job in Cyberpunk 2077 and hanging out with him for the entire story was a memorable experience, for sure.